CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Chauncey Billups, a recent top general manager candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers -- who pulled himself out of the running on July 3 -- admitted Tuesday he knew about Kyrie Irving's issues with the team while he was exploring the job opportunity.
"No. It didn't really surprise me," Billups said on Altitude 950's The Vic Lombardi Show. "Obviously, I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn't know. But that's unfortunate. He's a special talent and in my opinion, so much of what he's been able to accomplish on and off the floor has been a beneficiary of having LeBron James."
Billups, who was a five-time NBA All-Star and 2004 NBA champion with the Detroit Pistons, added that he doesn't understand why a fellow champion like Irving would leave a perennial contender like the Cavaliers.
"That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him," Billups told Lombardi. "Because, if it's all about winning, I mean, you got a chance to win every single year -- not only that, you're getting the ball, you get everything you want, playing for a great coach (Tyronn Lue) letting you go to work, game's on the line, they coming to you -- to me, I don't get it."